Man proposes to girlfriend in the midst of Hong Kong protests

Two university students, both pro-democracy protestors, got engaged in the midst of the Hong Kong protests when a 22-year-old man got down on his knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him.

A man decided to ask his girlfriend to marry him in the midst of protests in Hong Kong.

On Sunday (Oct 5), the 22-year-old known only as Yau, got down on his knees and proposed to his girlfriend Chen, 21, on a street in the Mongkok shopping district.

Both are university students and pro-democracy protesters, Reuters reported.

Strangers whipped out cameras and mobile phones as they snapped away at the unexpected sight.

Tens of thousands of protesters have staged sit-ins across Hong Kong over the past week, demanding the city's pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun Ying step down, and also calling for more freedom to elect their own leader.

Reuters added that the Chinese characters on Mr Yau's arm read "'Leung Chun Ying, step down."

Just in case you're curious, it sure looks like Miss Chen said "yes."


The couple kissing in the middle of the protests. Photo: Reuters

Source: Reuters

Toddler, 4-year-old drown in hole at Penang construction site

File picture of a construction site filled with rain water.
File picture of a construction site filled with rain water.

A toddler and her four-year-old brother drowned after falling into a two metre-deep hole at a construction site in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Ms Anisatunnajah Mohd Esa, 32, said she could not understand how 18-month-old Nur Shazreen Rahizal and Muhammad Shazriel Naufal could have wandered about 50m away from their house.

She said she last saw them playing with their seven-year-old brother and 10-year-old sister in the house on Saturday afternoon.

Her lorry driver husband, Rahizal Md Lazim, 35, was taking a nap.

She told The Star: “Suddenly, I noticed that Shazreen and Shazriel were not there and started looking for them.”

She said her son who helped her in the search suddenly shouted that his little sister was stuck in a hole.

Pulled children out

Ms Anisatunnajah said she and Mr Rahizal ran over and with other family members and neighbours and pulled both the children out.

They were taken to hospital but were pronounced dead, the report said.

Because of the rain, the holes at the construction site were filled with water and the children could have slipped into one.

Source: The Star

 

Ronald Koeman blasts his club's fans for jeering Pochettino

Ronald Koeman was upset with Southampton fans when they jeered the club's former manager Mauricio Pochettino when the two teams met at White Hart Lane on Sunday (Oct 5).

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman left White Hart Lane on Sunday (Oct 5) upset at two things, his team's 1-0 loss and the Southampton fans.

The 51-year-old Southampton manager expressed unhappiness at his club's fans when they mocked their former manager, who now manages Tottenham Hotspur, Daily Star reported.

Asked about the fans' jeering at Mauricio Pochettino, Koeman said: "That's the reaction of the fans. I don't agree. Everybody deserves respect. Normally respect is high in the Premier League.

"I respect Mauricio very much and he did a great job at Southampton and now he's the manager of Tottenham."


Southampton's Ronald Koeman (left) greets Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach Mauricio Pochettino before kick off on Sunday night (Singapore time). PHOTO: AFP

Pochettino quit his job at The Saints last season after being the boss for 18 months and joined Spurs in May this year.

The 42-year-old Argentine didn't seem too disturbed by the fan's reactions towards him though.

He said: "I still love Southampton. But I can understand...This is football. It doesn't change my feeling. Always I will be grateful to the club and the people of Southampton."


Mauricio Pochettino standing by the pitch directing Spurs players during match on Sunday. PHOTO: AFP

Despite the dissing from fans, Pochettino said: "I have no regrets about my decision. My decision is done. I am happy to be here and happy with the win."

Source: Daily Star

Mariah Carey hits all the wrong keys during Asian tour opener in Tokyo

Mariah Carey's vocal performance was more than disappointing to anticipating fans who took to Twitter and YouTube the horrific evidence.

Oh, no!

Looks like Mariah Carey has lost her mojo. 

The 44-year-old singer failed to hit the right tones when she kick-started her Asian leg of the Elusive Chanteuse World Tour in Tokyo on Friday (Oct 3).

And it broke the hearts of thousands of her fans who had thronged the Makuhair Messe Arena.

Fans reportedly made comments like "It's a wrap for Mariah Carey's singing career. You're a legend. Time to retire. She can't sing anymore at all. What happened?" after her concert.  

One fan took to the social media to express her disappointment many times.

 

 

 

According to Mail Online, the mother-of-two stumbled as she performed We Belong Together.

Carey then tried to continue her performance of the song before she gave up half way and told the crowd: "Wait a minute. I can't go on."

There was no word on what she did after that.

The Hero singer is set to perform here at the National Stadium on Oct 24 as part of her Southeast Asian tour.

Check out this snippet from her concert in Tokyo:

 

Remember when Carey used to perform like this?

 

 

Yes, ladies and gentleman, seems like that high-pitched vocal queen is soon becoming a thing of the past.

Sources: Mail Online, Twitter and YouTube

Womb transplant babies

Expectant mums use organ of their own mothers

The world's first womb transplant baby, Vincent, who was born last month in Sweden.  The new mother was born without a womb, although her ovaries were intact.
The world's first womb transplant baby, Vincent, who was born last month in Sweden. The new mother was born without a womb, although her ovaries were intact.

After the first successful womb transplant in Sweden, two more women are expected to give birth soon — using transplanted wombs donated by their own mothers.

The expectant mums will be the first to carry children using the very uterus that carried them as unborn infants.

They are due next month.

It is part of a path-breaking project in Sweden which allows women to fulfil their dreams of starting a family, Mail Online reported.

The world’s first womb swap baby, Vincent, was born last month. The baby was delivered using an unrelated donor.

The extraordinary procedure means that each womb will have carried two generations of the same family.

Dr Liza Johannesson, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, said:  “It is really exciting to have your mother as a donor. It is a very nice gift to give to your daughter.”

Source: Mail Online

 

Jennifer Hudson says Sex and The City 3 set to return

Jennifer Hudson reveals in a recent radio interview that Sex and The City 3 might be happening.

Here is some exciting news for fans of Sex and the City.

Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) and her girl pals are set to return to the big screen.

But the news wasn't revealed by any of the main girls.

Instead, it was actress-singer Jennifer Hudson - who played Louise, Carrie's assistant in the first instalment of the film in 2008 - who broke the news, Us Weekly reported.

The second edition was released in 2010, but Hudson wasn't part of it.

"I think it might be (happening)...Somebody just came to me talking about that. So if it’s in the talks, it might happen. So look for it," Hudson, 33, told Dish Nation of a third SATC movie in a radio interview.

Hudson joked: "Look for Louise from St. Louis!"

Just in case, here are three main things to remember from the film's previous edition:

1. Mr Big gave Carrie a diamond ring to strengthen their marriage.


Chris Noth plays Mr Big, protagonist Carrie Bradshaw's love interest. PHOTO: HBO

2. Samantha remains single


Kim Cattrall plays Samantha Jones, the confident, sophisticated and highly sexual woman. PHOTO: Facebook

3. Lawyer Miranda (played by Cynthia Nixon) is unemployed


The relationship cynic, Miranda Hobbes played by Cynthia Nixon. PHOTO: Facebook

Source: Us Weekly

Cuban migrants drank blood, urine, to survive after being adrift at sea for 23 days

Mr Alain Izquierdo (left), a Havana butcher and one of the survivors posing with his aunt Amarilis Barrios  at his uncle's home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Mr Alain Izquierdo (left), a Havana butcher and one of the survivors posing with his aunt Amarilis Barrios at his uncle's home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

A group of Cuban migrants drank their own urine and blood after the engine of their homemade boat failed.

That left them adrift in the Caribbean for three weeks without food or water, according to survivors who reached the United States this week.

“I’m happy I made it, alive, but it was something no-one should have to go through,” said Mr Alain Izquierdo, a Havana butcher, and one of 15 survivors of the 32 passengers.

Six passengers are missing after they tried to swim to shore, while 11 others died of dehydration.

“I just feel sad for those who didn’t make it,” said Mr Izquierdo, sitting under a sun shade by the pool of his uncle and aunt’s home in Port St Lucie, on Florida’s east coast.

The survivors were rescued by Mexican fishermen 240km north-east of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and were briefly detained in Mexico before being released late last month.

Mr  Izquierdo holds the driver's licence of his late friend Rafael Baratuti O'Farrill, who died during the journey.

Mr Izquierdo holds the driver's licence of his late friend Rafael Baratuti O'Farrill, who died during the journey. 

Their story is one of the most tragic Cuban migrant disasters in decades.

Reuters spoke to several of the passengers and their relatives in Florida and Texas, although some were still too traumatised to talk publicly about the experience.

The six metre, home-made craft, made from aluminum roofing sheets riveted together and sealed with cloth and resin, drifted up the Cuban coast as the passengers tried to flag down passing ships.

“No-one stopped even though they could see we were desperate,” said Mr Mailin Perez, 30, another survivor recovering in Austin, Texas.

The passengers heaved the engine overboard to reduce weight and fashioned a makeshift sail from sheets sewn together with cord.

Six of the men decided to swim for the Cuban coast clinging to inner tubes, but have not been heard from since.

Under America’s Washington’s “wet foot, dry foot policy,” Cuban migrants who make it onto US soil are allowed to remain, while those intercepted at sea are turned back.

Source: Reuters

 

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Little dial makes big splash

ARTIST: Miss Chloe Wong with the magnified replica of her watch dial — which was 44mm in diameter.

She was one of five Singapore artists selected to design a Limited Edition Arbutus Singapore Heritage Commemorative Timepiece to celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday.

Miss Chloe Wong's watch, going for $1,800, was the first of five locally designed watches to be sold on Tuesday. Since then, only one other watch out of the five has been sold.

Despite Miss Wong's flair for art displayed since her kindergarten days, her dad did not use to be supportive of it as a career.

But he changed his mind after visiting Miss Wong's first art exhibition at the Arts House in January last year.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 6.

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